LOS ANGELES -- If the Lakers are still as good as they hope, there should be more where this came from. The Lakers handled the Minnesota Timberwolves easily Thursday night, winning in the sort of stress-free style that really good teams do. (They haven't been really good and certainly not stress free most of this season.) Dwight Howard was active and energized from the start, and the Lakers never trailed in a 116-94 victory. Kobe Bryant made shots from the start, and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni not once stormed off the bench into a timeout with his usual display of disgust.
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